Top things to do in Spiti

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Tabo

Tabo Gompa

Founded in AD 996, and retaining five sub-temples dating back over 900 years, Tabo Gompa is reckoned to be the oldest continuously functioning Buddhist monastery in India. Don't expect the towering, colourful struct…
Top Choice Lake in Kaza to Gramphu

Chandratal

This gloriously calm glacial lake presents mirror-perfect reflections of the surrounding white-top peaks and geological colour-swirls. At 4270m, the 20-minute walk from the car park gets most visitors breathless eno…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Dhankar

Dhankar Gompa

Like a series of whitewashed limpets, the 1200-year-old Dhankar Gompa clings precariously to an eroded cliff-edge rock pinnacle, high above the beautiful Spiti Valley. The result is one of Himachal's most spectacula…
Top Choice Religious in Ki

Ki Chaam Festival

The monastery at Ki is the scene of whirling dances performed by brightly costumed and masked lamas on the last day of this one-week festival, which is attended by villagers from across Spiti and serves as a ritual …
Top Choice Landmark in Kaza to Gramphu

Kunzum La

Forming the watershed between Lahaul and Spiti, this 4551m pass, accessed by multiple switchbacks, is topped by a grassy area where stupas are strewn with fluttering prayer flags. Local drivers (and even the buses) …
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Ki

Ki Gompa

Covering a conical hillock with an array of whitewashed monastic buildings, Ki (Kee, Key) is the largest gompa in Spiti. Views of it from the south are particularly photogenic. On request, the monks will open up som…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Kaza

Hotel Deyzor Restaurant

The Deyzor hotel's restaurant is decked with artistic local photos and offers plenty to read, and there's an eclectic range of dishes, from Thai to thukpa to tandoori specials with an emphasis on seasonal local prod…
Buddhist Monastery in Lhalung

Lhalung Monastery

Near the top of Lhalung village, this outwardly modest monastery is actually an antique gem. Beneath a yellow painted tin roof, the very atmospheric Serkhang Gompa (main chapel) has interior walls lavished on three …
Cafe in Kaza

Sol Cafe

This cool little multicoloured cafe, operated by Ecosphere volunteers, offers superstrong coffee, herbal and other teas, and light dishes such as French toast, waffles, pancakes and wholewheat baked goods. Vegan opt…
Multicuisine in Kaza

Himalayan Café

The warm-weather terrace of the Himalayan buzzes with wise-cracking staff, youthful music and a happy graffiti-mural chic that becomes all the more enticing when strung with lights and lanterns at night.